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Tattoos in romance #books – yay or nay? #Sexy #Ink

hand tattoo_DTIME_55959396I came relatively late to the joys of getting a tattoo. My daughter, who has several, convinced me to go with her and get inked last year. Mother/daughter bonding of a slightly unusual nature! At the time I felt daring, a little bit “out there”, and embarrassed, all at the same time.

But afterwards I couldn’t stop looking at the ink on my arm. I love it! My design includes the symbol of a typography flourish, flanked by my daughter’s names, denoting my hopes and dreams for both my children, and my writing career, to flourish.

Of course, once I’d joined the “ink club”, I started noticing ink all around me. Specifically, I started noticing how many romance book characters these days – heroes and heroines – have tattoos.

For me, both as a reader and writer, a tattoo can add a layer of complexity to a character that is incredibly intriguing. The hint of a wild past. The quintessential romance hero bad boy. Or a deep-seated angst too strong to be expressed verbally that must instead be etched in perpetuity on someone’s body. Maybe there’s a rebellious nature hidden beneath a veneer of civility. So many possibilities; so many potential stories behind every tattoo.

Meika, the heroine in my current WIP, Ice Queen (a Gods of Love novel), has survived a terrible past and the word tattooed on her wrist is a constant reminder not to give up the fight for life:

JenniferLynne_IceQueen_200pxEros traced the word etched in black. Survive. The letters stood out against her pale skin with stark clarity, her wrist so delicately thin he could crush it in an instant, if he chose. The word contained everything she was, everything she had become, everything she was yet to be. So brave and strong, and yet at the same time so incredibly tragic.

Survive. It was as if the word was searing itself into his mind, as permanent as the ink that decorated her wrist. He bent his head to hide the sudden moisture dampening his eyes.

I am a god. Gods do not cry at the fleeting whims of mortals.

Some readers, like me, love their heroes or heroines with ink. Some hate it. Which camp do you belong to, and why?

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Do you have a favorite reading or writing space?

Hello everyone, it’s Jennifer here, and today I have reading and writing spaces on my mind. In particular, my space, which is currently non-existent thanks to building renovation works at our house.

Jennifer Lynne renosWhere does one write when your home is undergoing renovations and everything is out of place and covered in a layer of white dust? Where does one sit and read, without the vacuum cleaner screaming out to be used, a tower of displaced books threatening to topple on your head, or the shrill sound of a builder’s drill interrupting your concentration?

This is my predicament at the moment – thank goodness I have a laptop so I’m somewhat mobile, but my favorite book “space” – that little piece of the world I’d set up to write in, to read in, and basically to tap into and foster my creative side – is no longer there. At this stage I can’t even figure out where my new writing space will be when all the building works are done.

This morning I went to a café à la J. K. Rowling, but the woman who sat down at the table right next to me kept peering at my screen and when you’re in the midst of writing an erotic scene, sometimes that’s just downright off-putting!

Here’s a quick peek at what I was writing in the café…

JenniferLynne_IceQueen_200pxShe sucked in a breath and it was as if she were inhaling sex itself. The scent was rich and heady, like the most subtle and masculine aftershave. Her breath exhaled in a ragged sigh. Why not? It would be one night with a man who could help her forget everything she was, and drown her in this incredible sea of rich desire.

A man who knows your secrets. Or at least some of them. The words whispered their urgent warning across her thoughts and for the first time in years she made a deliberate choice to ignore them.

Without this I am done. There is nothing left to save me from the wasteland of my own darkness. Without this, I might as well be dead.

“Okay then,” she said, hearing the hum of need in her words. He heard it too. She could tell by the flare of light in his eyes and the slight tautening of his muscles as his arms squeezed around her. He could crush her in a second, with those arms, if he so chose. The curved biceps were as big in circumference as her head. The danger was right here, and it was real, and yet her body was coming alive after its long and lonely hibernation. Heat buzzed along her veins and her clit began to throb as a warm rush of moisture dampened her panties. But she felt it fair to warn him. “You know there’s nothing behind this door I haven’t seen. Haven’t already done.”

He shook his head, eyes alight with what looked like mirth. “Oh, Meika. You have no idea. I am Eros. I will make you come without even touching you, if I so wish.”

His fingers reached out toward her cheek and hovered there, about an inch away from her jaw. The heat was palpable and the zing of what felt like an electrical current sent a shiver right through her body. He was right. Not a single touch, and her clit was suddenly so engorged she could feel her pussy lips parting to make way for the swollen nub.

(Unedited) from Ice Queen – copyright Jennifer Lynne

Back to writing spaces…

Photo credit: with permission from Vanessa Carnevale

Here’s where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations, among other works. His desk is on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

I read that D. H. Lawrence preferred to write outdoors, leaning against a tree trunk. He said the trees were like “living company”. I’d give that a go, only it’s winter here in Melbourne, it’s wet & muddy, and I’m not exactly the outdoors type!

One of my favorite authors, Jane Austen, wrote some of Pride and Prejudice as well as other renowned stories on a tiny table in the main room of the cottage she shared with several family members. Perhaps I should take inspiration from her experience.

Where is your favorite place to read and/or write? Do you prefer clean and neat, or  is messy more your thing? Do you have one favorite space, or several? Please share your thoughts in the comments below – I’d love to hear about your reading/writing space.

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Jennifer Lynne writes short contemporary erotic romance. She is published with Red Sage and formerly with Breathless Press, and indie-published with her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing. More recently she  co-authored the highly erotic NOT VANILLA series with USA Today Bestselling Author, Roz Lee. Find out more at her website or sign up for her newsletter here.

New Cover and a FREE Desktop Wallpaper – #Erotic #Gods

GOL_1024x768 smlHi folks, there have been several things going on in my home life recently that have impacted on my ability to write. Serious? Yes. Life-threatening? No, thank goodness. But it has gotten to the point of being almost funny as each new mini-catastrophe arises. I’ve come to the realization that if I wait for a period of calm to ease back into writing, then I’m never going to write again!

So…in the midst of these mini-dramas I signed up for NaNoWriMo – something I’ve been wanting to do for about three years, but never had the time or space.

The aim of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. That’s never going to happen for me, but my personal goal is to complete my partially written novella, Ice Queen, the final chapter in my Gods of Love erotic series.

To celebrate, I’ve commissioned Talina Perkins from Bookin’ It Designs to develop a brand-new box set cover ready for the complete series of six novellas. As a bonus, she has also created a lovely desktop wallpaper that reflects the gorgeous new cover design.

The desktop wallpaper is available in a range of sizes to cater for the many different electronic devices people have these days, and I’m offering a high-resolution version FREE as a thank you to anyone who subscribes to my quarterly e-newsletter.

Yep, it’s that easy. Sign up right here!

If you’re already a subscriber, I will include a link to the wallpaper in the next issue!

Want to know more about the Gods of Love series? Here’s an advance sneak peek at the new box set cover:

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An erotic collection of stand-alone novellas in which even the Greek gods and goddesses are not immune to the influence of mortal love.

The Greek gods of desire are skilled at satisfying the erotic needs of humans who cross their path. But where do the immortals turn for sexual healing when loneliness strikes at each eternal yet world-weary heart?

The series includes:

Platinum Passion – Jeannie and Jake’s platinum anniversary becomes an unforgettable ménage à trois experience when Pothos, god of sexual yearning, steps in to save their twenty-year marriage.

Aphrodite Calling – in the arms of transsexual woman Gina, has Himeros finally discovered the one with whom even a god of sexual desire could find fulfillment?

Sex Club SecretsElla and her bisexual friend Kade meet the erotic god Anteros in a celebrated sex club—but the challenges facing these potential friends-to-lovers could prove too much for the god of requited and unrequited love.

Immortal Seductionthe goddess Aphrodite is hungry for love, but it will take more than a night of ménage à quatre passion to save firefighters Ashur, Kieran and Hugh from the darkness eating at their souls.

Demon of Envy – when Olivia lets a sexy god into her calm and ordered life, will his demon Envy behave, or will it rip her human heart to shreds?

Ice Queen – a former killer for hire, in the business so long her heart is frozen in darkness. Can Eros draw upon the many aspects of love to help melt Meika’s heart, or has even the god king of desire finally met his match?